Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev called the results of the referendum in the Netherlands on Association of Ukraine with the EU “indicator of attitudes of Europeans to the Ukrainian political system”. He wrote about this in his Twitter.
Yesterday in the Netherlands held a referendum on the ratification of the Association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. According to the preliminary data that led the TV channel NOS, 61,1% of those in areas voted against, just over 38%. 30% turnout threshold at which a referendum can be considered valid, was overcome: on sites have come 32.2% of the voters, or more than 4 million people. The official voting results the authorities will announce on April 12.
The press service of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko previously commented on the preliminary results of the referendum, issuing a statement. It specifies that the true aim of the organizers of the vote in the Netherlands was an attack on the unity of Europe and the spreading of European values. The statement emphasized that the vote was of a consultative nature, and the last word rests with the government and Parliament of the Netherlands.
“I am sure that strategically this event is not an obstacle on the way of Ukraine to Europe”, — said the press service. Poroshenko promised that his country will continue to implement the Association Agreement, calling the document a path to modernization of the Ukrainian state and strengthening its independence.
The referendum in the Netherlands after the adoption in 2015 of the new legislation, according to which the petition for a vote, which gathered 300 thousand signatures is accepted as an application for holding a national referendum. The vote in the Netherlands was initiated by a group of activists eurosceptic Geenpeil, which gathered the required number of signatures in October 2015.
The country’s Prime Minister mark rutte spoke for the ratification of the Association agreement of Ukraine with the EU, and opposition forces spoke out against. Nevertheless, Rutte stated that the results of the referendum on ratification of the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU may lead to the fact that the government will have to reconsider its position on this issue.
The Financial Times previously noted that the decision of the referendum is not binding, however, the Dutch authorities will be forced to accept the will of the citizens of the Kingdom. The ruling coalition right-wing liberals and the labour party has a majority in Parliament of just one vote. In this case elections will be held in the Netherlands no later than March 2017, and in these terms to any party concerning the agreement with Ukraine, the government refused, fearing electoral losses.